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Teens are tuned in to the world in way most adults are not. How can we, as adults, write about them—and more importantly to them—in a way that feels authentic?


Whether you have a full manuscript or just the nugget of an idea, join us for this workshop focused on honing an authentic voice that will captivate a young adult audience. We will talk about how to write believable characters, plot a story, and take pleasure in the revision process. We’ll even discuss how to find an agent! At the end of this class, you’ll leave with a community of writers, a new direction for your story, and tools that you’ll be able to apply to any piece of fiction writing.

Let’s Get Real: Writing for Teens
Date: 4 Sundays, October 22, 29, November 5, 19
Time: 10 am-12 pm
Instructors: Alexandra Ballard and Rachel Sarah
Ages: Adult 
Maximum Enrollment: 9
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
Price: $260 
Going Long

Alexandra Ballard signed a two-book deal in 2015 with Farrar, Straus and Giroux for two contemporary young adult novels. The first of those novels, What I Lost, a searing yet ultimately uplifting story about a teenage girl's recovery from anorexia, was published this year. A former middle school English teacher, Alexandra has taught at Bentley School in Oakland and at public schools in the Bronx and Manhattan. Alexandra holds an M.S.J. from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an M.S.T. in adolescent English education from Fordham University.​

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Rachel Sarah is the author of Single Mom Seeking, which was optioned by 20th Century Fox for a TV series. Rachel writes often about teens, including her own, most recently in the Washington Post and the New York Times. Rachel has been a developmental editor for the past decade, and she recently completed a young adult novel, The Girl Who Went Missing. She also reviews new children's and YA titles for Barnes and Noble's Kids Blog. ​

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